Wild Rumpus is easily single handed and an ideal two-person, owner operator trawler. With two cabins, two heads, raised pilothouse and flybridge, she has generous accommodations with an appropriate balance of inside and outdoor space. She can travel far from home to explore remote coves in the comfort of a superbly fitted waterfront getaway. Nordhavn 50’s are venerated by passage making trawler enthusiasts for their performance underway and range – completing successful Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean crossings. Wild Rumpus was delivered in 2002 and has lived much of her life under covered storage when not out at sea, preserving her graceful appeal and making her that much more enticing when you are able to step aboard and behold her in person.
The notoriety through the boating press and acclaim from seasoned cruisers helped propel the immediate acceptance and popularity that the Nordhavn 50 has received since first launching in 1996. It may surprise you to learn that only 28 hulls were built before this model was retired in 2004. Wild Rumpus is hull number eighteen in the series, benefitting from the inclusion of improvements to the layout, features and equipment incorporated by sister ships cruising hundreds of thousands of miles. She is a tribute to the advancement is thinking and details considered as this model matured. The original buyer selecting the most popular attributes in his order; wide body saloon, two cabin layout, flybridge, dry stack exhaust with fiberglass mast, crane for dinghy, walk through into the master, teak finish in the cabins and has been cared for as deserved so that she is clean and ready to cruise. The current owner is selling due to family and business concerns which have become the priority, this after acquiring her, spending money to improve her and using her enough to keep her active, but not enough to justify leaving her in a marina when she is destined to roam the seas.
The production run of the Nordhavn 50 design was limited and though it spanned an 8-year build cycle, only 28 hulls were completed. Many die hard Nordhavn aficionados have argued that the 50 design; tank tested, modified full displacement hull design with maintenance strakes and bulbous bow is the most efficient Jeff Leishman model through the water. The Nordhavn 50 and her larger sister the 57 are second generation models. Both were conceived simultaneously and share the same look and profile and their performance is coveted. The Nordhavn 50 was a breakthrough concept that, in hindsight, was available ahead of her time and discontinued too soon. The molds were destroyed and the 50 was replaced by the vertically larger and heftier Nordhavn 47 which offered buyers fewer construction choices in order to simplify and streamline production.
Over the last four years more than half of the Nordhavn 50’s have changed hands, a natural transition of ownership, which makes the arrival of Wild Rumpus on the market a surprising opportunity.
Wild Rumpus is an attractive trawler, inside and out. Her white gelcoat hull and sleek Nordhavn 50 profile is accented with red stripes and the sleek but sturdy profile of this serious blue water cruiser. She may be all form and function from her outside appearance, and she is equally impressive inside with her teak joinery an excellent example of the best craftsmanship from the finest Taiwanese carpenters. She has a very graceful and elegant ambiance that the pictures indicate but that you will truly only appreciate once you step aboard.
WILD RUMPUS – HULL NUMBER 18
Well beyond the halfway point in production, with the production consistent and construction refined, the demand for new Nordhavn 50’s peaked just as this special hull was ordered. After a long search, the original buyers, devoted Nordhavn followers who analyzed the earlier hulls, made informed selections to create their version of the ideal Nordhavn 50. Wild Rumpus was acquired privately two years ago and even though she was in great shape then, the current owner has lavished attention (and money) enjoying several shorter cruises in anticipation of some longer traveling. Family, business and the numerous legacies of 2020 have interrupted his plans and now is not the best time of life for him to own this boat and he has realized that though it’s a tough decision, he should find some new owners to take off and enjoy her.
Her current owner signed her up for the Wheelhouse Technologies maintenance subscription, an excellent resource for the eventual buyer to continue providing details on equipment and reminders for service intervals. The Nordhavn 50 is a stout, compact and efficient long-range trawler. Her interior layout is ideal for ease in moving about and practical for extended time aboard, at rest and underway.
You can board Wild Rumpus from the starboard side deck or from the center door in the transom that connects to the swim platform. Moving forward from the cockpit you can walk along the starboard side deck forward to the Portuguese bridge and foredeck.
There is a sliding door with a window in the top portion that glides to reveal a direct entry into the main saloon. The living spaces in Wild Rumpus feature a gorgeous hue of teak joinery – impressive joinery and carpentry craftsmanship throughout. The entry level is spacious (due in part to the widebody configuration) and the saloon benefits from large windows. The saloon is the central gathering location where most of the family meals are served. The custom teak table will accommodate up to six. The built-in bench seating outboard on both sides is not only comfortable, but practical as it provides convenient storage. The teak and spruce floors are covered with wall-to-wall carpeting, which also helps reduce sound.
For preparing meals, the galley is set up to provide plenty of counter space and quick easy access to appliances as well as food and utensils. Located at the front end of the saloon and outboard to port the cook has a great view outside and aft. There is an opening window outboard for excellent ventilation and light. Storage lockers overhead and drawers below counter height. The granite countertop incorporates a double basin undermounted sink. Installed appliances are all within reach and provide the necessities for preparing meals.
There are two stairways at the forward section of the entry level. Inboard there is a cabin door that opens to admit access down four steps to the owner cabin. Outboard there is a short flight of steps up to the pilothouse.
The layout on Wild Rumpus provides two convenient entries into the owner stateroom – quick easy access from the entry level saloon/galley (closed door for privacy) and a separate door at the forward landing from the pilothouse stairs. The wide bed is positioned athwartship in an island arrangement, making it convenient to get in and out from either side. There are multiple hanging lockers and drawers for clothing. On the starboard side is a cabin door for head privacy. There are opening port lights outboard to port and this stateroom is comfortably air-conditioned like the rest of the living spaces. This room is outfitted in teak joinery, a very rich and elegant surrounding. Being aft this stateroom is private, quiet and less prone to motion when underway. The saloon/aft entrance can be left open during the day for traffic flow with guest and for the natural air draft created with the forward hatches and saloon door open.
The private head to starboard is convenient with a granite counter and sink, stand up stall shower with curtain and fresh water toilet. A medicine cabinet with mirror plus lockers and drawers stow all of your personal hygiene supplies.
GUEST STATEROOM and HEAD:
The guest stateroom is under the foredeck and entered by coming down the forward stairs at the front of the pilothouse. There is a wide double bed to port and a desk with swing stool to starboard. This is an ideal office space and storage location when you don’t have visitors. The entire finish is teak, keeping the rich, warm timber treatment throughout. There is an overhead hatch and opening portlights outboard. The forward head is concealed by a privacy door and contains a stand-up shower, freshwater toilet and granite counter with sink, medicine locker and drawers. Double bed with drawers and storage under.
The pilothouse is a comfortable command post on Wild Rumpus. The visibility is excellent on both sides and forward. There are two sliding doors outboard that lead to the Portuguese bridge. The forward console and dash is well laid out with the navigation and communication priorities. There is a Stidd helm chair for the skipper. Electronics are positioned for convenience. There is a large electrical panel with labeled breakers. Main engine, wing engine and generator controls are all mounted for ease of operation. The center outboard windows open for cross ventilation.
Aft in the pilothouse is a comfortable L-shaped settee with cushions below and behind, storage under the seating area and fronted by a fixed teak table. There is a hatch behind for passing through to the flybridge. There is a shelf area outboard to port (where the ditch bag is kept) with a top load freezer underneath. A wet hanging locker is aft and inboard. The stairs forward lead to a landing with entrances to both staterooms. The laundry appliances are outboard in this stairway.
INTERIOR EQUIPMENT FEATURES:
The primary machinery space is laid out for ease of service and maintenance. You will most often enter from the large door with viewing window in the aft bulkhead of the owner cabin. Sound attenuation is paramount and PAE did an excellent job keeping the Nordhavn 50 engine room quiet. The proprietary maintenance strakes (bulges in the hull on both sides of the main) grant you more headroom and the outboard benches provide a place to sit while doing engine room checks. The Lugger main is over the bilge, with dry stack exhaust above. The Yanmar wing engine and Northern Lights generator occupy the aft section. There is convenient access to through hulls and for fuel valving -supply, return and transfer. The lighting was recently upgraded. Aft is a door for entry into the lazarette. You can also drop down to the engine room from the saloon. This is an engine room that is easy to move about, easy to keep clean and a machinery cavern you will look forward to inspecting!
This aft machinery space is below the aft deck and has access from the cockpit hatch above and through a door from the engine room. The overhead hatch has sliding barrel bolts to secure the lid when you are off the vessel. The steering table with rudder stuffing box and autopilot controls is beefy and the hydraulic hoses are cleanly routed. There are air conditioning compressors, batteries and the two inverters (plus bypass). The 600 gallon per day watermaker is installed aft. There is an emergency tiller ready in the overhead. Multiple through hulls, primarily drains are outboard on both sides and in reach. The Fireboy fire suppression bottle is mounted on the forward bulkhead.
SWIM PLATFORM, COCKPIT and STARBOARD SIDE DECK:
The swim platform is an ideal location to center your dinghy operations. There are U rail “staples” and a swim ladder. Entering the stern gate brings you to the cockpit. You can also arrive in the cockpit from the starboard midship gate, heading aft. There is a ladder forward to starboard for a quick climb to the boat deck. Beneath is the lazarette which is accesses through the large, hinged fiberglass hatch. The cockpit area is partially covered by the boat deck and a protected area for setting out some deck chairs to take in the view.
Forward of the pilothouse is the protective Portuguese bridge which includes a hinged gate door that provides egress to the foredeck. There is a double door locker on the inboard side of the Portuguese bridge. The foredeck is above the guest stateroom and has a hatch in the center. The ground tackle (anchor and chain) are controlled by the Maxwell windlass, guided through a stainless anchor platform and rollers to feed into the chain locker below. A fiberglass deck box is molded in and houses two Dorade vents. There is a wash down water tap and shore power connections in this area.
You arrive at the boat deck from the port side of the pilothouse (or by climbing the built-in ladder from the cockpit. This is a large area with stainless steel railing outlining the perimeter. The 10’ Bullfrog aluminum tender is mounted athwartships and deployed using the stainless steel Aritex crane. You can head forward, on the same level, to the flybridge, passing the vented fiberglass dry stack exhaust tower that has multiple antennae mounted on it.
The flybridge on Wild Rumpus is a very popular location. There is a Todd helm chair for the skipper and bench seating to port for the crew to relax. The overhead is covered with a framed Bimini top. The instrument console features two Raymarine Hybrid touch display as well as a Simrad autopilot and repeater. The Lugger main is controlled via the electric MMC control and you can also keep your eye on the stabilizers and operate the windlass from this bridge.
HULL, DECK, COCKPIT & FLYBRIDGE ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT:
PRIMARY UPGRADES, REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS SHOWING PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP:
Wild Rumpus is an US flagged and USCG documented. The name may be puzzling you, vaguely familiar, but not easily placed – where have you heard this before? The classic Maurice Sendak children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” stars Max, a precocious youngster who yearns to travel. When he is crowned king of the Wild Things his first order of business is to “Let the Wild Rumpus Start” kicking off a zany celebration. There are many great times in store aboard Wild Rumpus, we invite you to contact us directly to schedule an appointment to arrange your own personal viewing.
Broker comments: Pride of ownership is evident on Wild Rumpus. The sellers have had her for just under two years and were gearing up for extended cruising. Nav/com electronics upgrades, a new dinghy and outboard, thorough cleaning and maintenance projects including haul outs at Atlantic Yacht Basin. They opened a Wheelhouse account for the vessel specifications detail and subscribe to the email maintenance program. Wild Rumpus is an excellent Nordhavn 50 that is raring to go.
Brokerage: JMYS is a US based (licensed and bonded yacht brokerage in California, Florida and Washington) with an international emphasis specializing in ocean capable trawlers and recreational tugs. Our brokers are experienced boaters, most are trawler owner/operators with thousands of hours and miles at sea. We treat our clients with respect; we are responsive and not pushy. Our focus is to become your loyal advocate, always looking out for your best interests. The team at JMYS has extensive trawler, tug and motor yacht product knowledge and our skills are available for coaching after the sale has concluded.
Co-Brokerage: Fellow yacht broker association members: Wild Rumpus is available for Co-Brokerage.
*Listing broker. Jeff Merrill, CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) has extensive product knowledge of the trawler market plus intimate knowledge of the Nordhavn 50. He was on the build salesman side of one of the last new 50’s and has been involved in the purchase of several Nordhavn 50’s in the brokerage market as an independent yacht broker through JMYS since 2014.
The listing broker has more than 20 years of Nordhavn familiarity and many friendships through the owner’s community. Jeff has personally helped several buyers and sellers with Nordhavn 50’s including several transactions that were off-market, private sales, never made available to the generic public. JMYS specializes in trawlers, tugs and motor yachts and our dedication to this cruising lifestyle enables us to remain focused and better able to assist our clients in this market.
Jeff is a familiar face to YouTube viewers, a regular presenter at TrawlerFest and is one of the instructors for Boaters University online courses. A thorough review of the trawler lifestyle with information for buyers and sellers is available by visiting www.JMYS.com .
This listing specification has been approved by the sellers for accuracy. The photos, images and descriptive content are copyrighted by JMYS and may not be copied or used without specific written permission. All inspections are by appointment only. Please contact listing broker, Jeff Merrill, CPYB by phone, text or email for additional information or to schedule your personal showing. Jeff is always available via Mobile (949) 355-4950 (call or text). You can send a detailed Email to: Jeff@JMYS.com.
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